Educational Therapy Team

Educational Therapist Team  

 

Educational Therapy

Jennifer, ET/A, M.S. Ed is a certified early childhood special educator with over ten years of experience in education. Her work as a classroom teacher and tutor lead her to work as a consultant in Harlem, New York where she worked with students with special needs and their teachers to support their learning.

In 2012, she began her journey as a math educator through Bank Street College’s The Math Place Online, an online platform where adult learners were able to learn about algebra and fractions through an integrative teacher guided system. After moving to Los Angeles, she discovered her love for Educational Therapy, and completed her certificate in Educational Therapy from Cal State Northridge. Jennifer started working with CSC in 2016. She has worked with students in grades K-12 with dyslexia, executive function disorder, ADD and ADHD as well as math anxiety and dyscalculia. She recently completed training in the Wilson Reading System and uses a variety of programs including Lindamood Bell and Seeing My Time to help her students be successful. She also recently received her professional membership in AET.

Jennifer believes that all students, regardless of prior effort or challenge, can learn to be successful in school and beyond. She hopes that through her work as an educational therapist she can support students in becoming lifelong learners who are able to advocate for and believe in themselves.


Educational TherapistAnn, ET/P, M.A. is a life-long educator, and has taught groups from kindergarteners to working adults. Ann has developed specialized expertise in the very challenging, highly-specialized area of providing educational therapy to children with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and moderate-high functioning students with autism.

Early in her career as an educator, Ann earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, from Cal State Northridge, with honors, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. At first, Ann applied her skills to training employees at prestigious financial institutions and healthcare companies.  After the events of 9/11, however, Ann was moved to obtain her elementary teaching credential and has been teaching children ever since.

For the next 12 years, Ann served as an extremely popular classroom and resource teacher. She worked with a wide range of students who were considered both special needs and gifted, while simultaneously raising her own special needs and “twice gifted” children.  Her experiences as a mom and teacher led her to appreciate both how much children with learning difficulties may suffer stigmatizing effects, and how far behind they tend to lag behind their peers.

Ever the problem-solver, Ann decided to “be part of the solution” and pursued a Master’s degree in Educational Therapy so she could directly help struggling students achieve their potential. She completed that rigorous, multi-year graduate program with distinction while working with McGraw-Hill’s educational division, training teachers to best use state-of-the-art classroom resources.  Ann also received extensive post-graduate training in several prominent literacy programs, including Lindamood-Bell’s Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing.

Working with students is a “labor of love” for Ann. She takes particular pride in sharing her educational philosophy with them: “Mistakes should be embraced and celebrated — making mistakes is how and when we learn.”  Ann believes that students prosper in safe, warm, rewarding environments, where they learn to “fish” for themselves and face future challenges independently.

Ann has been helping students at Child Success Center since 2018.


Educational Therapist Child Success CenterNicola, ET, was born in South Africa and moved to Los Angeles as a high school student, with a childhood dream of becoming a teacher. Her training began at UCLA as an elementary school teaching assistant. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree and Multiple Subject Credential, Nicola started teaching in the Culver City Unified School District. It was during that time that she received her Master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University. After realizing how much she enjoyed working with children in small groups or one-on-one, Nicola went on to receive her Educational Therapy Certificate from CSUN. After over 30 years in education, Nicola continues to love working with students and learning new ways to meet the needs of each individual child.


Educational TherapistSamantha, M.Ed is a reading and learning specialist with 7 years of experience in education. She has dedicated her career to working with today’s youth within various capacities such as juvenile detention, special education classrooms, and the home environment.

In 2013, Samantha began work as a juvenile detention officer at  Ada County’s juvenile detention center in Boise, ID. It was here she learned the value of empathy and how building positive working relationships with children directly impacts their mental well-being and educational abilities. After moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Samantha followed her passion to become an educator ultimately landing a position as an academic interventionist at a K-8 school for children with learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism. Her unique experience helped her understand the emotional complexities that develop alongside learning differences and how important it is for individuals to have someone on their team, unconditionally. She gained training in various learning programs such as Wilson Reading Systems and Lindamood Bell.

She returned to CSU Northridge to attain her masters in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in reading, language and linguistics. After graduating in 2021, Samantha has continued her pursuit to make a difference through her work providing educational support to children.


Jill- Educational Therapist-Child Success CenterJill, M.A.T., Special Education, has taught in public and private schools, grades K-12 for 18 years.  She currently holds a California teaching credential as an Education Specialist, and held the same in Illinois, Connecticut and New York.  Additional degrees include a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from George Washington University and an M.S. from the University of Illinois in Exercise Physiology.

Most recently, Jill taught in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.  She has shared various roles throughout her tenure as a Resource Support Specialist, Inclusion Specialist and Itinerant Special Education Support Specialist for the South Region of LAUSD.  While living in Connecticut, Jill worked as an Educational Therapist in Greenwich, Connecticut and provided test prep for the ISEE.


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